Character Assassination throughout the Ages

Editors: Icks, M., Shiraev, E. (Eds.)

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Using a variety of cases from history and today's life, the book examines character attackers targeting the private lives, behavior, values, and identity of their victims. Numerous historical examples show that character assassination has always been a very effective weapon to win political battles or settle personal scores.

About the authors

Martijn Icks is a researcher and teacher at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as a former Marie Curie Fellow. He specializes in Roman imperial history and the history of character assassination. His study on the Roman emperor Elagabalus has appeared in three languages.

Eric Shiraev is author, co-author, and co-editor of fourteen books and numerous publications in the fields of political psychology, international relations, and cross-cultural studies. He emphasizes the role of identity and culture in politics and international relations. In addition to his teaching and research work, he writes policy briefs and opinion essays for the media and government and nongovernment organizations.

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"The can be few pleasures more delicious than witnessing the savaging of the reputations of the great and the good. This volume treats us to a rich smorgasbord of notable defamations, from the Romans down to our own day. They are served up by experts who seek to inform and entertain us and who succeed at both." - Anthony Barrett, University of British Columbia, Canada

'This tightly knit volume is a major contribution to our understanding of the ugly side of modern politics. It historicises what appears to be a universal human trait across all political societies the tendency of politics to descend towards mudslinging and character assassination. It asks why character assassination is an attractive political strategy, when it is most effective, and how it can be resisted. It establishes the different strategies of attack and defence that have been used in conjunction with changing media and that apply in closed dictatorial and open democratic societies, and it also establishes why it is a particularly ubiquitous strategy in electoral politics. Perhaps not surprisingly, the volume demonstrates that victims also have more possible strategies of defence under democracies, but it also shows how under an unpopular regime such as the Czechoslovakian regime after 1968 denigration of dissidents such as Václav Havel and Charter 77 could backfire spectacularly.' - Simon Burrows, University of Western Sydney, Australia


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Icks, Martijn (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Character Assassination: How Political Psychologists Can Assist Historians

    Shiraev, Eric

    Pages 15-33

  • Character Attack and Invective Speech in the Roman Republic: Cicero as Target

    Blom, Henriette

    Pages 37-57

  • Reports about the “Sex Life” of Early Roman Emperors: A Case of Character Assassination?

    Meister, Jan

    Pages 59-81

  • Creating Tyrants in Ancient Rome: Character Assassination and Imperial Investiture

    Icks, Martijn

    Pages 83-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Character Assassination throughout the Ages
Editors
  • M. Icks
  • E. Shiraev
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Martijn Icks and Eric Shiraev
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34416-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137344168
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39786-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48512-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
Topics